Textiles and Clothing Museum (Iowa State University)

Textiles and Clothing Museum (Iowa State University) The mission of the Textiles and Clothing Museum is to promote the scholarship and appreciation of historic and ethnic textiles and clothing, with an emphasis on visual and active learning.

The Textiles and Clothing Museum is an interactive learning environment dedicated to the concepts of visual and object-based learning. The museum collects, documents, preserves, interprets, and exhibits the teaching collection. The collection is accessible to students, scholars and academic researchers, and is also made available to public audiences through exhibitions and programming. Within the museum are the Mary Alice Gallery named in honor of Mary Alice Anderson Reinhardt, the Textiles and Clothing Conservation Laboratory named in honor of Donna Rae Danielson, and the Textiles and Clothing Collection Storage named in honor of Bertha and Edward Waldee.

05/10/2019
State Historical Society of Iowa

We have several of these story cloths in the TCM collection; each one conveying aspects of Hmong history, culture, and identity.

For generations, the Hmong people of Southeast Asia have embroidered beautifully detailed scenes onto cloth. When thousands of Hmong refugees came to Iowa in the 1970s, a refugee named Shoua Her stitched their courageous story onto an #IowaArtifact and donated it to the State Historical Museum of Iowa.
#IowaHistory #IowaArtifact #IowaCulture

Congratulations to Courtney Barbour for her first place winning entry in the graduate student category at The Fashion Sh...
05/09/2019

Congratulations to Courtney Barbour for her first place winning entry in the graduate student category at The Fashion Show 2019. Selections from her collection, "Abstract Tide," are now on view in the "Winners of The Fashion Show 2019" exhibit.

At the opening reception for our new exhibit, apparel, merchandising, and design senior Madeline Kim met with Richard an...
05/03/2019

At the opening reception for our new exhibit, apparel, merchandising, and design senior Madeline Kim met with Richard and Evelyn Shibles, the donors of the new Fashion Show Senior Collection Scholarship. Madeline won the first place award for her senior collection titled, "Of Wit and Whim.” She was also the recipient of the Best in Show scholarship funded by Lora and Russ Talbot for her line “Sound of Color.” Congratulations to Madeline Kim and all of the scholarship winners.

Down to the wire. With only two weeks to make the exhibit change, our Agatha Huepenbecker Burnet graduate assistant Dyes...
05/02/2019

Down to the wire. With only two weeks to make the exhibit change, our Agatha Huepenbecker Burnet graduate assistant Dyese Matthews and undergraduate gallery and display committee directors Rachel Lininger and Brooklyn Benjamin, were putting the finishing touches on "Winners of The Fashion Show 2019" just hours before the opening reception. Congratulations to the three of them for a successful installation and reception.

Here's a story that addresses one of the big questions we ask ourselves almost every day - whether we are considering a ...
04/30/2019
Should These Clothes Be Saved?

Here's a story that addresses one of the big questions we ask ourselves almost every day - whether we are considering a potential acquisition or debating the merits of a garment identified for de-accession. "Should these clothes be saved?"

It was a bonus to find the Textiles and Clothing Museum's collection mentioned in the article along with a citation from a paper published in the Clothing and Textiles Research Journal written by researchers in our department .

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/29/fashion/smith-college-clothing-collection.html

Thousands of articles of everyday women’s clothing are being preserved in lockers in a college basement. But where, exactly, does their value lie?

Join us on Wednesday, May 1 in the Textiles and Clothing Museum's Mary Alice Gallery for the opening reception for our n...
04/29/2019

Join us on Wednesday, May 1 in the Textiles and Clothing Museum's Mary Alice Gallery for the opening reception for our new exhibit, Winners of The Fashion Show 2019. The fun starts at 5:00pm and includes light refreshments and a drawing for prizes; and the most important part - an up-close view of this years winning student designs.

Call for Papers!  (The ISU library has volume 21 of the proceedings from this conference, if you want to see examples.  ...
04/25/2019

Call for Papers! (The ISU library has volume 21 of the proceedings from this conference, if you want to see examples. :-) )

We are busy this week installing our next exhibit, "Winners of The Fashion Show 2019." Thank you to the student director...
04/23/2019

We are busy this week installing our next exhibit, "Winners of The Fashion Show 2019." Thank you to the student directors and members of The Fashion Show's Gallery and Display Committee for all of your work. Join us for the opening reception on May 1st from 5:00-6:00PM.

Just a reminder that the ISU library has a digital collection of fashion plates.  Here's one from a 1919 issue of The De...
04/18/2019

Just a reminder that the ISU library has a digital collection of fashion plates. Here's one from a 1919 issue of The Delineator magazine:

Call for Papers!  "Studying Traditional Crafts: Goals and Methods in Higher Education"
04/17/2019
craftconference2019

Call for Papers! "Studying Traditional Crafts: Goals and Methods in Higher Education"

The concepts of tradition and heritage are often associated with preservation of cultural elements from the past. Traditional crafts refer to a combination of patterns, materials, tools, colours – and tacit knowledge acquired from the previous generations through working together, just as one acqu...

The TCM was well represented at last night's AMD Excellence Reception prior to The Fashion Show 2019. Our recently acqui...
04/14/2019

The TCM was well represented at last night's AMD Excellence Reception prior to The Fashion Show 2019. Our recently acquired Mariano Fortuny Delphos gown and Mary McFadden couture evening gown were featured in a pop-up exhibit at the ISU Alumni Center.

Are you into sparkling rhinestones? Prefer plastic pop beads instead? Whatever your preference, you have only two days l...
04/12/2019

Are you into sparkling rhinestones? Prefer plastic pop beads instead? Whatever your preference, you have only two days left to view the joint exhibit, "Designed for a Modern Life: Decorative Arts & Fashion in the Mid-century." The Textiles and Clothing Museum and the Christian Petersen Art Museum are hosting an open house this weekend, April 13 & 14, from 1:00-4:00PM each day. Feel free to stop by if you are in Ames.

On Monday April 15, the Textiles and Clothing Museum will close to install our next exhibit, "Winners of The Fashion Show 2019." The opening reception for the new exhibit is scheduled for May 1 from 5:00-6:00PM. All are invited to come get a close look at the creative work of our amazing student designers.

Detail, huipil (blouse), mid-twentieth centuryNebaj, GuatemalaCotton
04/10/2019

Detail, huipil (blouse), mid-twentieth century
Nebaj, Guatemala
Cotton

Thank you to the Association of Dress Historians for including us in their recent listing of online museum collections. ...
04/04/2019
The Journal of Dress History

Thank you to the Association of Dress Historians for including us in their recent listing of online museum collections. We had planned to feature their open access publication, "The Journal of Dress History" in today's post anyway - and then were delighted to see ourselves mentioned on page 160 of the latest issue (Volume 2, Issue 4, Winter 2018).
https://www.dresshistorians.org/journal?fbclid=IwAR0308t1RXGTpHOyRdUDcihUEwqSaMng7lLJUUrNs3IX7mX6YbymWSEaiHc

The Journal of Dress History will embrace a wide time span, from classical antiquity (and before) to the present day, covering all aspects of clothing.

The sun is out! Birds are singing and building their nests. We can't help but celebrate spring with one such feathered f...
04/02/2019

The sun is out! Birds are singing and building their nests. We can't help but celebrate spring with one such feathered friend, the subject of one of many Japanese katagami stencils in our collection.

We had a great turnout for Elizabeth Jachimowicz's entertaining lecture on Bes-Ben millinery. Many in attendance took us...
03/30/2019

We had a great turnout for Elizabeth Jachimowicz's entertaining lecture on Bes-Ben millinery. Many in attendance took us up on our invitation to wear their favorite hats.

Just two days until our guest speaker Elizabeth Jachimowicz's talk on Bes-Ben Millinery, in conjunction with our exhibit...
03/26/2019

Just two days until our guest speaker Elizabeth Jachimowicz's talk on Bes-Ben Millinery, in conjunction with our exhibition "Designed for a Modern Life: Decorative Arts & Fashion in the Mid-century." Join us Thursday, March 28 at 7:00PM in 2019 Morrill Hall.

Card Hat, Bes-Ben Millinery, 1953, from the private collection of Mary Robak.

Congratulations to Dr. Kelly Reddy-Best and Dana Goodin for curating this winning exhibit and being recognized by the Co...
03/24/2019
Fashion and Culture Research Lab at Iowa State University

Congratulations to Dr. Kelly Reddy-Best and Dana Goodin for curating this winning exhibit and being recognized by the Costume Society of America (CSA) for their work.
#aeshm

Happy to be able to finally announce that our exhibition Queer Fashion & Style: Stories from the Heartland won Costume Society of America's Richard Martin Award! If you missed the exhibition, check out the link below to experience the online version!

You can read more about the award here! http://costumesocietyamerica.com/resources/grants-awards-and-honors/richard-martin-exhibition-awards/

Thank you to all of the participants in this exhibition who helped make this possible! 🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈Shout out to some of the queer fashion brands who also loaned or donated their garments for the exhibition: Rebirth Garments, TomboyX, FtM Essentials, NiK Kacy Footwear, all is fair in love and wear!

Today was the first day this exhibition was open to the public - and our registrar was there!  (Museum of Fine Arts, Bos...
03/21/2019
REVIEW: Gender Bending Fashion exhibit examines history of gender fluidity in fashion – The Daily Free Press

Today was the first day this exhibition was open to the public - and our registrar was there! (Museum of Fine Arts, Boston)

Arts, Features REVIEW: Gender Bending Fashion exhibit examines history of gender fluidity in fashion March 21, 2019 3:05 am by Kaitlyn Riggio The Museum of Fine Arts celebrates “a century of style that dares to break the rules” in their new exhibit that opened Thursday. The exhibit, titled “Ge...

Black Entrepreneur Launches the Most Diverse and Inclusive Luxury Skintone Line of Women's Shoes
03/16/2019
Black Entrepreneur Launches the Most Diverse and Inclusive Luxury Skintone Line of Women's Shoes

Black Entrepreneur Launches the Most Diverse and Inclusive Luxury Skintone Line of Women's Shoes

Jeneba Barrie Nude Footwear, LLC, has officially launched its line of 13 true to hue nude (skin-tone) footwear. The release marks the most diverse and inclusive luxury skin-tone shoe line on the market. For far too long the market has had a very strict definition of nude shoes - one or two shades of...

The Textiles and Clothing Museum will be closed March 18-23 during spring break. But we have something fun planned the w...
03/15/2019

The Textiles and Clothing Museum will be closed March 18-23 during spring break. But we have something fun planned the week that we return. Join us on Thursday, March 28 at 7:00PM in 2019 Morrill Hall to hear guest speaker Elizabeth Jachimowicz talk about the work of twentieth century Chicago milliner Benjamin Green-Field.You are encouraged to wear your favorite fantastic hat to the event. And bring along a friend.

We've rescheduled the Fashion Suburbia talk (canceled last month due to the never-ending winter weather) for three-weeks...
03/10/2019

We've rescheduled the Fashion Suburbia talk (canceled last month due to the never-ending winter weather) for three-weeks from today, 2:00PM on Sunday March 31. Our fingers are crossed for a warm, sunny day.

For every exhibit, there will be favorites that don't make it into the final display.  In "Designed for a Modern Life" w...
03/08/2019

For every exhibit, there will be favorites that don't make it into the final display. In "Designed for a Modern Life" we'd hoped to include a late 1960s overcoat designed and manufactured by 'Marguerite Rubel / San Francisco'. It's a fun example of a swing coat - but for us the real draw is that Marguerite Rubel was an Iowa girl who turned her talent for home sewing into a nationally-known business.

She was born in Spencer, Iowa, in 1925; during World War II she worked in the aircraft industry and moved to San Francisco to join the Woman's Auxiliary Service Pilots. After the war she started a custom sewing business, which became Marguerite Rubel Manufacturing, and was known for jackets and "raincoats that didn't look like raincoats".

Farewell February. Bring on spring!Dress by "Tanner of North Carolina by Dorothy Cox," circa 1965Snow by Mother Nature, ...
02/28/2019

Farewell February. Bring on spring!

Dress by "Tanner of North Carolina by Dorothy Cox," circa 1965
Snow by Mother Nature, 2019
Photography and Photoshop by Emily, our excellent intern

We're open today following yesterday's blizzard. Come inside and get warm.
02/25/2019

We're open today following yesterday's blizzard. Come inside and get warm.

Due to blizzard conditions today, our 2:00 lecture on mid-century American family fashion is canceled. The exhibit will ...
02/24/2019

Due to blizzard conditions today, our 2:00 lecture on mid-century American family fashion is canceled. The exhibit will also be closed.

Note: The correct location for Sunday's program is 2019 Morrill Hall, not 1019. Hope to see you there.
02/22/2019

Note: The correct location for Sunday's program is 2019 Morrill Hall, not 1019. Hope to see you there.

EVENT CANCELATION: Due to the weather conditions, today’s “Fashion Suburbia” event has been canceled. We hope to reschedule later in the semester.

University Museums and the Textiles and Clothing Museum (Iowa State University) are co-hosting a lecture on Sunday, February 24 at 2 p.m. called Fashion Suburbia. Speaker Jennifer Farley Gordon, Ph.D will explore the fashions of the middle class families of the mid-century. The lecture will be in Room 1019 of Morrill Hall. It is free and open to the public.

This event is in conjunction with "Designed for a Modern Life Exhibition" at the Christian Petersen Art Museum. The exhibition will be open both before and after the event.

Join us Sunday February 24 at the TCM. The exhibit will be open 30 minutes before and following the program.
02/18/2019

Join us Sunday February 24 at the TCM. The exhibit will be open 30 minutes before and following the program.

Apparel, Merchandising, and Design senior Zenobia Afeworki was a guest speaker in the Cultural Perspectives of Dress cla...
02/15/2019

Apparel, Merchandising, and Design senior Zenobia Afeworki was a guest speaker in the Cultural Perspectives of Dress class today, sharing her research on Korean hanbok. Along with using examples from the TCM collection to illustrate her presentation, Zenobia talked about her summer internship experience at Tailorable, a bespoke men's and women's apparel store in Seoul, South Korea.

Happy Valentines Day from the TCM to our friends and followers. Sealed with a kiss!
02/14/2019

Happy Valentines Day from the TCM to our friends and followers. Sealed with a kiss!

Always happy to share the creative work of talented textile artisans.
02/13/2019

Always happy to share the creative work of talented textile artisans.

Hello everyone, I wanted to share some images of Meskwaki beadwork today to hopefully inspire some of you to use this season to create something beautiful.
Winter was always a time for us to spend evenings working on items like these.
Remember that we do have Beading/Sewing nights here at our Museum.
Every Tuesday evening from 6-9 pm. I have decided to be here tonight in case anyone feels like braving the cold along with me.

What curators really do.  :-)
02/11/2019
ICCROM - conserving culture, promoting diversity

What curators really do. :-)

With its colourful swirling fabric panels, the African Yorùbá masquerade costume known as the egúngún mask is both a potent symbol of belief and a source of entertainment. Worn by a ritual performer to summon and honour the spirits of ancestors, it testifies to a family’s wealth and design sense, with each of the textiles adding a layer of nuance and status.

For Kristen Windmuller-Luna, a curator of African art at the Brooklyn Museum, the costume has also been a brain-teaser of sorts, posing stubborn questions about provenance and history.

How does the ubiquitous white shirt communicate a message of strength and solidarity? The United Auto Workers' annual Wh...
02/10/2019

How does the ubiquitous white shirt communicate a message of strength and solidarity? The United Auto Workers' annual White Shirt Day marks the anniversary of the brave men and women who, in 1936-37, created the recognition of the UAW for the first time in a strike against General Motors in the Flint Sit-Down Strike that ended Feb. 11, 1937. Each year on White Shirt Day men and women throughout the UAW wear white-collar attire traditionally donned by management to remember the sacrifices and victories of workers.

Mariano Fortuny Delphos gown, silk, circa 1929
02/07/2019

Mariano Fortuny Delphos gown, silk, circa 1929

Boosting the signal:
02/06/2019

Boosting the signal:

Apparel Design PhD candidate Kelsie Doty is researching natural dyes in the U.S. apparel supply chain! Through interviews with textile companies, fashion designers, plant growers, dye chemists and others, she seeks to document the use of natural dyes within the apparel and textile industry. 🍀 If you know of any companies or you are part of a company using natural dyes in the USA for fashion please let @kelsiedoty ([email protected]) know! She would love to talk with you. 🌼🌱🌻#fashionresearch #naturaldye #textiledesign #naturaldyeresearch #cornellfashion #ecodye #naturaldyeing #iamhumec

The Textiles and Clothing Museum is closed today, Jan. 29 through Noon Thursday Jan. 31 due to the dangerously cold weat...
01/29/2019

The Textiles and Clothing Museum is closed today, Jan. 29 through Noon Thursday Jan. 31 due to the dangerously cold weather conditions. We apologize for any inconvenience. Stay warm.

Hand knit wool mittens, Denmark

Women who Embroider the Air - The Craftsmanship Initiative
01/27/2019
Women who Embroider the Air - The Craftsmanship Initiative

Women who Embroider the Air - The Craftsmanship Initiative

In Burano—a tiny island four miles from the city of Venice—the ancient art of ultra-fine, hand-sewn lace somehow remains alive. And so does the equally ancient culture surrounding it. Our correspondent visits with the master craftswomen of Burano to lea...

Are these frigid January days making you wish you were at home cuddled up under a quilt?
01/24/2019

Are these frigid January days making you wish you were at home cuddled up under a quilt?

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